By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Following cases of worsening insecurity in the northern half of the country, members of the Northern Governors Forum, consequent to ameeting, have agreed on measures to improve the security situation in the region.
During the meeting, which was held via virtual-video conferencing, and presided over by the Chairman of the Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, the governors took the following measures to improve the region’s security:
- Setting up a standing committee on security in the North to collaborate with security agencies in the enforcement of security measures in the region, to be headed by Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, as the committee chairman with the Governors of Zamfara and Gombe, Bello Matawalle and Muhammad Yahaya, as members.
- Setting up another committee headed by Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, with Governors of Adamawa, Niger, and Sokoto States – Ahmadu Fintiri, Abubakar Bello, and Aminu Tambuwal, as members, to consult with traditional, religious and community leaders in the North.
- Engaging local vigilantes, hunters, and community watch groups in the security architecture of the region, to enhance intelligence gathering, rapid response, and sustained surveillance.
- To ask the Federal Government to closely look into the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons regarding the cross-border movement of herders from other countries into Nigeria, particularly the North.
All the measures are meant to ensure that there is wider involvement in tackling insecurity in the North.